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Peak Design Capture Camera Clip v2 review

You may have read the article we wrote on Peak Design’s Leash & Cuff a little while back? The crazy bunch at Peak Design are at it again, this time with a version 2 release of their primary product, Capture

GET CAPTURE v2.0 ON KICKSTARTER

As of right now, 4,875 people have backed their current Kickstarter for over half a MILLION dollars!… Amazing crowd supported project! Well, being a Peak Design Pro, I’m very lucky to already be using Capture v2.0 and wanted to pen an article about it and how it has changed from version to version and how it could help you.

Peak_Design_V2_Simon_Pollock

A brief catch up – what is “Capture” …well, in very basic terms, Capture is a device that you can attach to pretty much any belt / bag strap / backpack shoulder strap etc, that allows you to quickly and securely mount your camera on that device via the included baseplate. So if you want to go hands free while you’re out shooting, you simply slot your camera into Capture and you’re good to go, then when you see a photograph you want to make, on press of a button and you’re firing. You can see the image above, I have my little Sony NEX 5r mounted on the shoulder strap of my thinkTankPhoto Retro 7 camera bag, it makes it so easy when I’m down the park with my 3.5 year old – I can run, kick, jump, swing and hide with my hands free, then, when he’s doing something awesome like climbing a massive tree, I can whip the camera out of its little metal home and SNAP, I’ve capture my moment.

In the photograph below, you can see some of the changes from version one (bottom) to version two (top) including the following (based on my two weeks solid use and not the specs on the website)

  • Easier ‘mouth’ where you slide your camera in – makes slotting your camera away easier (in my opinion) 
  • No more sharp edges / less round edges – while I love and still use v1.0, the v2.0 feels…grown up..
  • The red button you use to release your camera now has a little simple twist lock to stop accidental ejection..
  • The screw (top right of units) now secures the camera plate solid, so you can actually use Capture on top of a monopod / tripod..
  • Capture now has the ability to mount little cameras such as GoPro so you can use capture to shoot yourself falling off your bike – etc!

Capture_Peak_Design_V1_vs_v2_Simon_Pollock

Here’s a couple of photographs that show you how you can use Capture for the top of a tripod or monopod and in the second photo you can see the Sony is tethered with Peak Design’s “Leash

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Capture being used to mount the Sony directly onto the 3LeggedThing tripod furniture

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Capture being used to mount the Sony directly onto the ‘Bob’ 3LeggedThing Monopod furniture

I’m use Capture v2.0 and v1.0 with Peak Design’s Leash and Cuff system (for those among you that are saying…ohhh, I might drop my camera… you can’t!)

Take a look at the version two Capture camera clip system video on KickStarter and see for yourself… If you have any questions about how the clip works, what I shoot with it / my workflow / how I use Capture, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.

–Sime

 

Summary
Reviewer
Sime
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Peak Design Capture Camera Clip v2
Author Rating
5

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Sime is the community manager of the dPS Forums and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter

  • http://www.whatapicturephotography.com Kevin Cleaver

    I have a pair of version 1 captures and wouldn’t be without them now. I previously used the spider system but it kept catching so that I missed shots. Can the V2 plate still be used directly on Manfrotto tripods?

  • http://gtvone.com Sime

    Hi Kevin,

    Yep – sure can, the plates remain the same.

    Best,
    Sime

  • Kevin Cleaver

    excellent, hope they keep developing this great tool

  • Eric

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the review! I bought the first version because of your previous review as well ;-)

    few quick questions, did you test the PROpad as well? Also would you say it is worth it to replace a V1 with V2 or I should probably wait until I really need it?

    Thanks,

  • http://gtvone.com Sime

    Hi Eric,

    I’m glad you found my ramblings helpful!

    I’ve not had the ProPad across as yet, I have used long lenses with my V1 and V2 (I used the 70-200 f/2.8IS with a 2x on my MK1) ….I’m really looking forward to having the ProPad to spread the weight when I use it on a belt (as opposed to a strap on my backpack) …Would I say it’s worth replacing, well, that’s a good question : I’m a fan of not replacing things for the hell of it, do I prefer v2, yes, by a decent margin – the main thing for me after a couple extra weeks good use is the plate entry into the clip – I find it much easier to slot my camera in, wastes less time.. The locking is great, the extra functionality (tripod mount, etc) is great. I’d say why not snap one up via Kickstarter – if you can, or, if you can’t – use v1 and be happy with it, it is a great clip.

    Sime

  • Eric

    Thanks Sime!

    I really hesitate to buy it from kickstarter, just for the discount price, but I know that as soon as I get the V2, I will stop using the V1 that will be useless for me (I only have one camera).

    Even though the new features are neat I will wait until the V3. ;-)

    The extra bucks I’ll spare won’t be a bad thing either…

  • Ryan Jones

    Hi Simon, ive pledged for this on kick starter and like you I have a nex-5r I was advised to get the micro plate but you have the ARCplate pictured ? What would your advice be after using the set up. 1 last thing with the ARCplate, does the camera site flat on a table say as with out a base plate it normally sits on the bas of the camera and lense and with a tripod mount connected it wont sit flat

  • esben

    I’m also interested in Ryans question about using the micro plate or the ARCAplate as I have the NEX-5N.

  • http://www.gtvone.com Sime

    Hi Ryan, I actually have the Micro plate on my NEX5r and would suggest go with that – you don’t want tooooo much plate sticking out the back of the camera (this camera) as it hinders the way the LCD moves – the Micro plate works just fine.

    –Sime

  • Dwaine Dibbly

    I have a v1 Capture and like it. I’ve been wondering if it would be worthwhile to upgrade. I’m thinking that I will and if I find myself not using both of them at the same time, I can always sell the older one on eBay.

  • http://gtvone.com Sime

    Hey Dwaine, I’m using a v1 and v2 together. They play nicely, though – as with everything – v2 being just that bit more refined may leave you wanting more in the v1.. but, they both do a great job.

    –Sime

  • John Zilavy

    I just bought the first generation of this and used it on a 3 day trek in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. I used it both on a backpack strap, up near my left shoulder and I used it on my belt as I walked around Marrakech. It’s a 5 star product and I’m so thrilled to finally be hands free with the camera, yet still have it readily available. There were never any fails of the system and I don’t think that a fail would be possible, given the design. I’m not sure what improvements the V2 will bring, but as far as I’m concerned, none are necessary.

    I also bought the leash and the cuff. The leash I used a lot. It slings the camera off the hip at a length much more comfortable than my old strap. The cuff I never used; it’s too tight to get into and slipping your hand into it before releasing the camera from the belt bracket defeats the purpose of a quick release. I did use the leash as a security backup when the camera was on my backpack strap, but, as I said, it was never necessary.

  • [ ramesh ]

    Guys i am a “$185 or more” backer, they delivered only leash and cuff with naked edition of camera clip, now they are saying they have delivered everything, please be wary of these guys, they are yet to deliver Propad and Gopro mount, i lost trust in these guys, please be aware of this bad business practice, you cannot trust these guys anymore

  • gtvone

    Hi Ramesh, They said on the Kickstarter page that ProPad and POV would take longer – they hoped by October. (You can read that on the page via the link in my article)

  • Victor

    It’s funny I saw this post tonight… I’m actually trying my capture on my ThinkTank 7 tomorrow for a show. I have been using it on my backpack and it’s amazing.

Some older comments

  • Sime

    August 14, 2013 01:19 am

    Hey Dwaine, I'm using a v1 and v2 together. They play nicely, though - as with everything - v2 being just that bit more refined may leave you wanting more in the v1.. but, they both do a great job.

    --Sime

  • Dwaine Dibbly

    August 13, 2013 10:54 am

    I have a v1 Capture and like it. I've been wondering if it would be worthwhile to upgrade. I'm thinking that I will and if I find myself not using both of them at the same time, I can always sell the older one on eBay.

  • Sime

    August 12, 2013 10:26 pm

    Hi Ryan, I actually have the Micro plate on my NEX5r and would suggest go with that - you don't want tooooo much plate sticking out the back of the camera (this camera) as it hinders the way the LCD moves - the Micro plate works just fine.

    --Sime

  • esben

    August 12, 2013 09:09 pm

    I'm also interested in Ryans question about using the micro plate or the ARCAplate as I have the NEX-5N.

  • Ryan Jones

    August 10, 2013 08:13 am

    Hi Simon, ive pledged for this on kick starter and like you I have a nex-5r I was advised to get the micro plate but you have the ARCplate pictured ? What would your advice be after using the set up. 1 last thing with the ARCplate, does the camera site flat on a table say as with out a base plate it normally sits on the bas of the camera and lense and with a tripod mount connected it wont sit flat

  • Eric

    August 9, 2013 11:43 pm

    Thanks Sime!

    I really hesitate to buy it from kickstarter, just for the discount price, but I know that as soon as I get the V2, I will stop using the V1 that will be useless for me (I only have one camera).

    Even though the new features are neat I will wait until the V3. ;-)

    The extra bucks I'll spare won't be a bad thing either...

  • Sime

    August 9, 2013 11:01 pm

    Hi Eric,

    I'm glad you found my ramblings helpful!

    I've not had the ProPad across as yet, I have used long lenses with my V1 and V2 (I used the 70-200 f/2.8IS with a 2x on my MK1) ....I'm really looking forward to having the ProPad to spread the weight when I use it on a belt (as opposed to a strap on my backpack) ...Would I say it's worth replacing, well, that's a good question : I'm a fan of not replacing things for the hell of it, do I prefer v2, yes, by a decent margin - the main thing for me after a couple extra weeks good use is the plate entry into the clip - I find it much easier to slot my camera in, wastes less time.. The locking is great, the extra functionality (tripod mount, etc) is great. I'd say why not snap one up via Kickstarter - if you can, or, if you can't - use v1 and be happy with it, it is a great clip.

    Sime

  • Eric

    August 9, 2013 10:45 pm

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the review! I bought the first version because of your previous review as well ;-)

    few quick questions, did you test the PROpad as well? Also would you say it is worth it to replace a V1 with V2 or I should probably wait until I really need it?

    Thanks,

  • Kevin Cleaver

    August 8, 2013 08:35 am

    excellent, hope they keep developing this great tool

  • Sime

    August 8, 2013 07:57 am

    Hi Kevin,

    Yep - sure can, the plates remain the same.

    Best,
    Sime

  • Kevin Cleaver

    August 8, 2013 07:48 am

    I have a pair of version 1 captures and wouldn't be without them now. I previously used the spider system but it kept catching so that I missed shots. Can the V2 plate still be used directly on Manfrotto tripods?

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